Steven Gerrard is a name synonymous with Liverpool. So when League One side MK Dons approached him about their managerial vacancy, it came as a big surprise.
The 36-year-old made 710 appearances and won eight major trophies in 17 years in the Reds first team, so the unexpected approach of relegation-threatened MK Dons was not the anticipated next step of his career.
Gerrard's confirmed plans to depart MLS side LA Galaxy, in December, generated a lot of speculation about what the former England international will do next - with it rumoured he could return to Liverpool, while Celtic and Newcastle are also reportedly interested.
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However, it is believed Dons had given the Liverpool legend an ultimatum of responding to their job offer by Monday, after holding talks with the midfielder.
It is understood that Gerrard is still considering extending his playing career by at least another season and, according to ESPN, the former England midfielder has already made his decision on the MK Dons job, ahead of the deadline.
Sources close to Gerrard have claimed that the player is set to turn down the offer made by the League One club, with England's fourth-highest appearance maker in no rush to begin his managerial career.
The club have previously appointed high-profile names such as Roberto di Matteo and Paul Ince as manager, in their brief 13-year history.
Facing the drop
And the news will come as a big blow to the Dons, who currently sit in the League One relegation zone, 21st after 18 games and a point from safety.
It is believed they had contact with fellow England legend Frank Lampard, who had also been playing in MLS, until also announcing his decision to quit New York City FC earlier this month. But the former Chelsea midfielder is understood to be interest in prolonging his playing career.
Gerrard became one of a number of candidates consider by MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman, with the midfielder hoping to complete his UEFA A license by the end of the year.
The former Liverpool captain was spotted at the club's Melwood training ground just last month, as rumours circulated about a potential return. But with the 36-year-old having seemingly turned down his first managerial job offer, his future remains wide open to speculation.
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